ERIC Number: EJ1173763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Case of isiZulu for Non-Mother Tongue Speakers at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa--Is the Compulsory Language Module Promoting Social Cohesion?
Naidoo, Shamila; Gokool, Roshni; Ndebele, Hloniphani
Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, v39 n4 p356-368 2018
The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande's, call on the 5th of April 2011 for South African universities to implement a policy which saw all university graduates exiting with a credit in an African language was the catalyst for the University of KwaZulu-Natal's decision to implement a compulsory isiZulu module for all non-mother tongue speakers of the language. One of the goals motivating the University of KwaZulu-Natal decision was the promotion of the buzzword 'social cohesion'. This article reports on the findings of a survey conducted with a sample of 350 learners who completed the Basic IsiZulu Language Studies (ZULN101) module in 2015 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The survey sought to assess the extent to which the goal of promoting social cohesion is being achieved. The findings confirm the existence of a complex and ambivalent linguistic landscape in South Africa; one in which learners acknowledge the benefits of an ability to communicate in an African language but also show limited inclination towards acquiring competence in the language; thereby, decelerating the promotion of social cohesion, per se.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Compulsory Education, African Languages, College Second Language Programs, Social Integration, Learning Modules, Graduate Surveys, Sociolinguistics, Language Attitudes, Communication Skills, Pretests Posttests, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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